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Research Project: Breeding Fusarium Head Blight (FHB)-resistant winter wheat for Texas and the Southern U.S.

Location: Crop Production and Protection

Project Number: 0500-00053-005-098-G
Project Type: Grant

Start Date: May 1, 2022
End Date: Apr 30, 2026

Our main objective is to use traditional breeding, doubled-haploids (DH’s), misted-nurseries, and markerassisted selection to develop Fusarium Head Blight (FHB)-resistant hard red winter wheat (HRWW) and soft red winter wheat (SRWW) cultivars possessing multiple FHB resistance genes/QTL in climate-resilient, high-yielding, and good quality background, and to share germplasm with Southern U.S. programs.

We will combine resistance (indigenous, Fhb1, Fhb6) with other traits conferring tolerance to other biotic and abiotic stresses, high grain yield and quality, and test in mist-irrigated nurseries and field environments. We will evaluate our advanced trials and regional nurseries for disease incidence, severity, scabby kernels, and DON content.